By Joseph Dan
In Kabbalah: a really brief Introduction, Joseph Dan, one of many world's top gurus on Jewish mysticism, bargains a concise and hugely actual examine the historical past and personality of many of the structures built by way of the adherents of the Kabbalah.
Dan sheds gentle at the many misconceptions approximately what Kabbalah is and isn't--including its connections to magic, astronomy, alchemy, and numerology--and he illuminates the connection among Kaballah and Christianity at the one hand and New Age faith at the different. The publication presents attention-grabbing old heritage, starting from the paranormal teams that flourished in historical Judaism within the East, and the medieval colleges of Kabbalah in Northern Spain and Southern France, to the widening development of Kabbalah throughout the tuition of Isaac Luria of Safed within the 16th century, to the main powerful and influential glossy Jewish spiritual stream, Hasidism, and its use of kabbalistic language in its preaching. The e-book examines the most important historical texts of this custom, together with the Sefer Yezira or "Book of Creation," The ebook of Bahir, and the Zohar. Dan explains Midrash, the classical Jewish exegesis of scriptures, which assumes an infinity of meanings for each biblical verse, and he concludes with a short survey of scholarship within the box and an inventory of books for extra reading.
Embraced by means of celebrities and built-in in lots of modern non secular phenomena, Kabbalah has reaped a wealth of recognition within the press. yet many critics argue that the shape of Kabbalah practiced in Hollywood is extra New Age pabulum than real culture. Can there be a favorable function for the Kabbalah within the modern quest for spirituality?
In Kabbalah, Joseph Dan debunks the myths surrounding glossy Kabbalistic perform, delivering an attractive and loyal account of this conventional Jewish spiritual phenomenon and its influence outdoors of Judaism.
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